Willie Maughan (34) and Anastasija Varslavane (21) were last seen at their Co Meath home in April. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A couple who have been missing since the spring were murdered because gangland criminals feared they could implicate them in a gun murder, the father (...)

Minister for Defence Simon Coveney:  “We have good responsive capacity within An Garda Síochána and within the Defence Forces.”.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Defence Forces officers have expressed concern at the ability of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps to respond if the State was subjected to terro(...)

The creation of so many vacancies in senior posts that are not being filled has resulted in a heavier workload for those who remain. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Leadership ranks within the Defence Forces are being decimated as highly skilled officers take up private sector positions in the recovering economy,(...)

Members of the Air Corps in Merrion Square in Dublin. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Defence Forces officers have expressed concern at the ability of the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps to respond if there was a terrorist attack in t(...)

IFA president Eddie Downey said cattle theft, of which there were 48 cases in the first six months of the year, would “wipe out” the income of a smaller farm. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Rising cattle thefts and livestock rustling threaten the traceability system on which the safety of Irish beef was founded, the Irish Farmers’ Associa(...)

The Garda National Protection Services Bureau is investigating a claim of sexual abuse made against a former politician.

Gardaí are investigating sexual abuse allegations levelled against a former politician. The Irish Times understands a female complainant initially cam(...)

A migrant girl carries a toy before boarding a train heading to the Serbian border from a location near the city of Gevgelija, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, November 8th, 2015. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Undoubtedly the ugliest and most distressing part of any country’s immigration policy, the rate of forced deportations has slowed dramatically in the (...)

The centre for asylum seekers in Mosney, Co Meath. Applications are up as deportations fall. Photograph:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The number of asylum claims is set to almost treble by the end of the year, with applications from Pakistani and Bangladesh nationals accounting for m(...)

 Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald and acting secretary general Noel Waters, at Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

New legislation is being prepared after a High Court ruling that gardaí do not have the right to enter private dwellings to arrest failed asylum seeke(...)

Fine Gael’s John Deasy: “Now, €5 million is not going to solve anything, frankly, when it comes to overtime,” he said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Government funding for the Garda’s new Operation Thor crime crackdown was “too small to achieve anything”, and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgeral(...)